Paczki in Philly
Posted 22 February 2003 - 01:02 PM
Posted 22 February 2003 - 01:56 PM
Right off the Allegheny exit of I-95 North is the Krakus Market at 3150 Richmond Street. They have an extensive selection of Eastern European groceries, a good butcher, and great frozen pierogies in about a dozen varieties handmade by little Polish ladies. I don't know much about their baked goods, but it's the only place I can think of that might have what you're looking for. If they don't have it, perhaps they can point you in the right direction.
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Posted 22 February 2003 - 03:37 PM
Posted 01 March 2003 - 08:17 AM
Anyway, I'm going to try dropping by tomorrow on my way back from Perth Amboy...
Posted 01 March 2003 - 02:32 PM
Was listening to NPR's morning show while returning from a Saturday Morning breakfast's worth of scrapple and eggs at the Melrose Diner. Someone from Wisconsin was spinning a wonderful description of Paczki. Polish donuts served just before Lent. A way for polish housewives to use up their eggs and butter - forbidden during the fast. She mentioned a couple of places to pick them up, but they were in Wisconsin and probably too far a drive from Philadelphia.
Then I happened upon this thread and Andrew's research. I immediately headed to Port Richmond. Marian's was out of Paczki but would have more Sunday morning. Fortunately, the Baltic Bakery, a block down and across the street, still had a trayfull left.
Mixed, prune, cream and apricot. I went for the apricot. Paczki, as baked in Port Richmond at least, has a much firmer texture than the jelly donuts they resemble. Best of all, if the apricot paczki is representative, the fillings have a much truer, less sweet flavor.
While there, a couple of guy's were delivering that afternoon's supply of chrusciki, very delicate fried dough cookies.
Too much good stuff here. Also picked up half a sesame rolled cake and a sweet dough cheese babka.
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Posted 02 March 2003 - 11:30 AM
But now that I've seen your report, maybe I'll make a trip to the Baltic Bakery on Tuesday... For research. Yeah, that's the ticket!
Posted 02 March 2003 - 11:36 AM
Posted 02 March 2003 - 07:26 PM
Posted 03 March 2003 - 12:51 PM
Or with powdered or granulated sugar, but that's basically right. Good ones have good-quality jelly and a dough that has more eggs (and is consequently a little richer) than a typical jelly donut.
So. fromthe pix, I'm assuming these are some kind of deep fried jelly donut that 's glazed???
The other deal with paczki (it's pronounced poonch-key) is that they're one of those once-a-year treats, which always makes things taste better, IMO: I don't eat jelly donuts, but when I lived in Michigan (they're EVERYWHERE in SE MI around this time of year) I got addicted to paczki.
Posted 03 March 2003 - 02:15 PM